The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Ghostbusters. I was but a babe, but I’ve been a huge fan ever since. I remember walking through the stores the rest of the day singing “Who you gonna call,” and then shouting “Ghostbusters!” I was initially excited about the reboot until I saw the first trailer. I went in with low expectations of the Paul Feig’s take on Ghostbusters, and I’m still torn about where to rate it. I think it’s somewhere between Not a Total Waste of Time and Decent Watch.
Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) reconnects with a childhood friend and former colleague Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and her new partner Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) after a haunting is reported to her. Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) joins the three after encountering a ghost and a creepy guy she thinks is involved. They stumble upon a supernatural threat that puts the whole city in danger.
This movie managed to find a bad thing for every good thing. For every moment Kate McKinnon or Chris Hemsworth, who is probably the funniest, but dumbest part of the film, made me laugh another joke would fall flat. Leslie Jones was also funny most of the time, but then has some of the more cringe worthy content primarily seen in the trailers. McCarthy has some funny interactions with Karan Soni who plays Bennie, a chinese food delivery boy. Wiig really doesn’t have much in the way of comedy though in the film. Her unprofessional swooning over Hemsworth may be funny to some, but didn’t work for me.
SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!!!
I’m going to jump into spoilers here to really explain my hesitance. You’ve been warned! Feig decided that ghosts being the antagonist wasn’t enough and created Rowan North (Neil Casey). Rowan is a person who appears to have always been bullied and still is as an adult. He is a clear counterpart to the girls. Smart and odd, but used that rejection as a reason for revenge. He sets out to bring about the apocalypse by using the girl’s book and science to amplify Casey is underwhelming in the role, and I’m not sure a human catalyst was needed.
The hauntings the girls experience and put them in the position to be the Ghostbusters is all a result of Rowan’s work. In all honesty, I was enjoying the film up until the big action piece at the end of the film. The Ghostbusters get to fight insane amounts of ghosts with weapons we’d seen slowly being developed. It’s long and really doesn’t make a lot of sense given what we’ve seen ghost Rowan in Hemsworth’s body do to all the other humans in the area. It’s a common movie logic problem when the bad guy becomes too powerful yet lets the protagonists keep coming.
The story’s conclusion is weak, but there is some comedy.
The film has some predictable jokes, but some managed to get some laughs. It definitely wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the original, but I don’t think it tarnished it either. The cameos were fun and almost everyone was represented. The film paid homage to the original in ways that I enjoyed, but managed to feel like it’s own movie. There is a lot during the credits and a disappointing end scene at the end of them. They’re definitely hoping for a sequel. I’m not sure I want that.